Museum announces 2019 craft show visionary artist

Aaron Taylor Kuffner has been named the visionary artist for the 2019 Academy Art Museum Craft Show. Kuffner crafts sonic kinetic sculptures and stages site-specific installations around the world as the principal artist behind the “Gamelatron” project, which marries Indonesian ritual and sonic tradition with robotics and modernist sculpture.

EASTON — The Academy Art Museum has selected Aaron Taylor Kuffner as the visionary artist for the 2019 Academy Art Museum Craft Show, which will be held Oct. 11 to 13.

Kuffner is an American-born conceptual artist. His work reaches far outside conventional forms of representation. His pieces often take the form of multi-year projects that require in-depth research, collaboration with field experts and the development of new specialized skill sets. Each project provides unique conceptual tools that further the evolution of consciousness through the experience of beauty and the sublime.

“The Academy Art Museum is pleased to have Kuffner’s ‘Gamelatron’ exhibited at the museum in September,” AAM Director Ben Simons said. “His remarkable work involves sculpture and sound that actively engage his audience with an intent for his art to serve society.”

“Aaron Taylor Kuffner perfectly represents this year’s Craft Show theme, ‘Celebrating the Makers,’” Craft Show Chairman Craig Fuller said. “The design and creativity that are Kuffner’s hallmark will delight all of those who see his work, and Kuffner’s artist talk on Sunday, Oct. 6, at 2 p.m. provides an excellent opportunity to meet this extraordinary artist/maker as we head into the week of the craft show, Oct. 11 to 13.”

Kuffner will present his artist talk as part of the Kittredge-Wilson Lecture Series.

Based in Brooklyn, N.Y., Kuffner crafts sonic kinetic sculptures and stages site-specific installations around the world as the principal artist behind the “Gamelatron” project, which marries Indonesian ritual and sonic tradition with robotics and modernist sculpture. The project was conceived from years of study at the Institut Seni Indonesia di Yogyakarta and field research in Bali and Java followed by an artist in residency with the League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots headed by Eric Singer, one of the foremost experts in robotizing musical instruments.

Since 1997, Kuffner also has been known by the moniker Zemi17 as a recording artist on The Bunker techno label, an electronic musician heavily tied to the use of field recordings, insect calls and found sounds presented on custom-built, immersive surround sound systems. As a DJ, he was the resident for The Danger (Brooklyn warehouse events in the 2000s). From 2008 to 2014, he was a member of the ambient experimental electronic music trio Zero Gravity Thinkers.

Craft show hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 10 for a special preview event; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 11 and 12; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 13.

Regular museum hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free on Wednesdays.

For more information, visit www.academyartmuseum.org or call 410-822-2787.

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